LINCOLN — It's no laptop.
The Nebraska Board of Regents agreed Thursday to purchase a new $2.2 million supercomputer for the Holland Computing Center. One official said the new computer will be able to do more, faster, with less energy.
The purchase is part of a periodic upgrade to the center, a universitywide resource that allows researchers to perform complex computer simulations vital to research in a wide range of disciplines.
Without adequate capacity on campus, researchers would have to compete with those from other institutions for time on the national academic computing grid, according to the university's proposal.
The new computer will more than double the currently available computing power for NU researchers. Thanks to technological advances, the new supercomputer will have six times the capability of the original Firefly supercomputer with half the energy consumption.
The last upgrade was in December 2011. Funds for the purchase will come from the Nebraska Research Initiative, created by the State of Nebraska to provide a research base within the university.